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Barrington Stoke and The Bucket List at EIBF 2016


Last week saw the Edinburgh International Book Festival programme launched to the world for 2016 by Nick Barley, Janet Smyth and the team at a special press launch.

The theme for this year is ‘imagine a better world’, and Nick Barley had the below to say:

In a world of global uncertainty and shifting influence, this year’s Edinburgh International Book Festival explores the power of the human mind to imagine a better world. Events address interlinking questions on the impact of conflict; Europe’s place in the world and our place in Europe; the implications of the current refugee crisis; the effect of migration on Scots both here at home and around the globe and the role of society in our wellbeing. Over 800 writers, poets, illustrators, politicians, journalists, historians, scientists, philosophers and playwrights from 55 countries come together to energise, inspire and stimulate debate in Charlotte Square Gardens in August. 

We are over the moon that Alpha by Bessora, Barroux and translated by Sarah Ardizzone is going to be a key conversation starter at the festival. The Alpha spectacle (created by Sarah Ardizzone and including live drawing by Barroux) on the opening Saturday (13th August) of the festival will start a three-event-long discussion around the nature of migration, and the word refugee.

A hugely important event, and a hugely important book: we can’t wait to share more on Alpha with you all. We’ll be working with Amnesty UK, English PEN, the Institut Francais and more partners to widen this conversation.


Further details will be released about the event in due course, and we hope that you’ll join us in our excitement that such an important book aimed at young adults and adults, can lead the way.

Tickets for all events go on sale in a few weeks time, (https://www.edbookfest.co.uk) – here’s who we have coming up:

We also have a really strong line up of authors on the festival public events schedule this year (and lots of lovely authors and illustrators such as Tony Bradman, Tom Morgan-JonesAnne Cassidy and Anthony McGowan speaking to schools’ audiences) – and we can’t wait to see:

Non Pratt speak with Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen on Saturday 13th August at 7pm


Alpha on Saturday 13th August at 8pm 


A special Alpha event with Amnesty UK on Wednesday 17th August at 5pm

Bessora in conversation with Bidisha on Thursday 18th August at 5.45pm

Bessora photographed by Patrick Devresse

Bessora photographed by Patrick Devresse

Cornelia Funke will be talking with Vivian French and our own Mairi Kidd about the right to read on Friday 19 August at 7.30pm and her younger fiction on Saturday 20th at 10am


Anthony McGowan will be debating YA LIT with Elizabeth Wein, and a collection of other authors on Monday 22 August at 7.30pm


And if you speak Gaelic, Mairi Kidd will be holding a special The Boy and the Globe event with illustrator Tom Morgan-Jones on Friday 26 August at 5.30pm

Tom Morgan-Jones 2

We hope to see you there!

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